Minimalism for the home : from an extravagant point of view
During the Chicago winter months Chicagoans tend to hibernate and watch an uncomfortable amount of Netflix. In my twenties, I use to rush to the gym in January and even tried a juice cleanse from Karyn’s one year. Now that I am in my thirties, I typically work on becoming a better person, organizing my personal/professional life and making relationships better… blah blah blah. This year during a Netflix binge, I watched a documentary on Minimalism. This type of minimalism isn’t to be confused with the art movement that started in the 60’s. This new meaning of ‘minimalism’ is a yuppy style of living that seems to be a counter movement to the unnecessary indulgence of the 1990’s I grew up with. “It’s simply getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment and an uncluttered, simple life. It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.” – Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
While I agree with the overall message of minimalism and love decluttering, I also have a great fondness for extravagantly decorated areas of the home. I always indulge in wallpaper, trim, a tassel and basically any kind of accessory we can add for a ‘spiffy’ update. However, this idea of only purchasing things you need made me want to get rid of anything we don’t use and revamp our own clutter issues. When selecting items for your home, it is important to purchase only what you need and invest in quality items so the things you carefully select don’t end up in landfill one day. Investing in your home and yourself will minimize the stress of re-doing things later down the road.
Be intentional in your lifestyle and home.
I started with my closet. If you haven’t heard of Project 333 , you should check it out. You can pair down your outfits and wardrobe into things you really love. Why keep the items you are holding onto ‘incase you need it’. Here are a few closet images that inspire me!
Retail Inspired Closet
Artfully Displayed (from Urban Outfitters)
Organize your thoughts and home.
My pantry and closet areas aren’t this awesome, but I started to believe that one day I could wrangle these projects too.
Design your day to day so you are happy in life and at home.
Please don’t quit your day job if you need money because we all need money, but absolutely find out what you derive the most joy from and move forward to make sure you spend the most time doing that. For me, it’s helping people find things that make their home surroundings comfortable and beautiful. Minimal lives mean different things to different people.
no clutter, just the finer things
simple, but livable
White always goes zen-chic
no muss, no fuss
white white white
no window treatments, just the basics… a chandelier, a sectional and a cluster of tables.